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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South AustraliaVice President of the Executive Council) . -I hope that Senator Vardon will not be successful, because Ido not think there is any other country in the world in which there are so many deposits of very fine granite which, I may say, can be worked up to as beautiful a condition as marble itself. Honorable senators have only to step into the Queen's Hall in this building to see what can be done with Australian granite. The granite masons have complained that they have not protection enough to compete with the wrought granite from such places as Great Britain-, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, and elsewhere. The value of the imports of granite and marble from European countries is £26,000 a year. I am sure that although Senator Stewart and some of our other friends may slip on a small item likedextrine, they are not going to slide on an important item like granite, which ought to be an Australian industry from the very quarry to its finest reproduction.

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